Archive for February, 2010

L.A. or Bust

Well, I’m doing it again. Heading to L.A. for the Doctor Who Convention known as Gallifrey One. I’m fixing to leave tomorrow after work. But fear not, you may yet live vicariously through my geeky field trip.

I have a blog set up for adventures I may have. You can find it at:

You may also follow my trip on twitter here: (Or…just watch the Twitter feed in the sidebar of the blog)

Wish me luck!

Posted on 25th February 2010
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Cuteness alert! Twin Baby Moose and a Sprinkler

I know that this video has been around for a while, but I’ve only just encountered it. The level of cuteness is very high, so I’m issuing a warning for loud “Awwwww”s.

Posted on 19th February 2010
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I Have a Career Path?

Last Wednesday (the 10th) I had a job interview. It wasn’t just any interview. It was for The Job. The one I have been wanting for…8 years or so now. (No, not the Full Time Writer or Travel Blogger one. Perhaps those will be next.)

And I discovered today that I got The Job. I beat out three other people. Go me. (Squee! Gotta go buy the t-shirt I promised myself now.)

I am a Librarian, like my parents before me. I am quite good at reference services, or so I’m told. But really, my heart belongs to Collection Development. And, like a good librarian, I will now give you too much information on the subject.

Collection Development, as its name implies, involves the development of a collection. The first step is the selection of items for the collection (keeping in mind the needs of the users of said collection.) Then comes purchasing (depending upon budgetary constraints) and making sure that you get what you ordered. The items purchased are then processed and get their time on the shelf. This time can vary from very short in the case of paperbacks (not very durable, you know) to “until it up and dies” in the case of classics in a particular field. The final step, as you may have gathered, is “deselection,” other wise known as “weeding.” I love weeding. Yes. This makes me peculiar, even in libraryland. I had a boss once offer to send me to another library to help them with their weeding. There’s even a whole manual dedicated to guidelines for weeding. Mostly, books and other materials are weeded based on condition, usage (or lack thereof), and accuracy. See what I mean? Too much information. Moving on.

So, yeah. My new job, starting on March 8, is Collection Development Adult/Teen. I get to buy stuff for the library system. I was pondering this possibility the other day and it occurred to me that not only do I have a career (which came as a bit of a shock) but I have a career path. I worked with computers before the dot bomb, then I spent five and a half years working with teens and three working with adults. Now, I’m moving on to specializing in something I’ve already done a fair amount of while working with teens and adults.

Dude. I’m a grown up. How weird is that?

Posted on 18th February 2010
Under: Rambling | 7 Comments »

Tangy Pork Chops

This is another one of the recipes from my grandmother. For the record, I don’t generally eat pork, but I thought that y’all might be interested in seeing it anyway. (As you may imagine, I have no memory of this dish, what with the not eating of pork thing.) What do you think about this one?

This recipe was found in a book called Galley Finale: A Collection of Mariner Soups, Sloops, and Other Incredible Edibles it was put out by The Presbyterian Church of Fair Oaks, Ca in 1978.

Tangy Pork Chops by Mrs. Leon Catlin

4 pork chops
4 onion slices
1 can tomato soup
4 green pepper rings
Dash of pepper

Brown chops in skillet on both sides. Place a slice of onion and green pepper on each and pour soup over. Cover and cook over low heat about 45 minutes. Stir or baste now and then.

Posted on 16th February 2010
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Tales from the Bulletin Board: Banting

From the Cork Board:

From the Forgotten English day by day calendar – Tuesday, March 16 (year?)

Banting: doing banting, reducing superfluous fat by living on [a] meat diet, and abstaining from beer, farinaceous food, and vegetables, according to the method adopted by William Banting….The word was introduced about 1864.
- Ebenezer Brewer’s Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, 1898

Why I saved it:

Uh…sound familiar? Everything old is new again, isn’t it Mr. Atkins? *ahem*

Posted on 9th February 2010
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Tater Tot Casserole

This recipe is not by a family member, but I happened to notice it on my way by as I flipped through the pages of the cook book. It looks easy to make, albeit a bit strange. Come to think of it…I’d probably add cheese. But honestly? I love tater tots. As in adore. Why don’t I have any in the freezer? Hang on. I’m going to go put them on the list. While I’m gone, please enjoy the recipe from page 48.

This recipe was found in a book called Galley Finale: A Collection of Mariner Soups, Sloops, and Other Incredible Edibles it was put out by The Presbyterian Church of Fair Oaks, Ca in 1978.

Tater Tot Casserole by Pam Hicks (Citrus Heights)

1 lb. ground beef
2 cans tomato rice soup
1 (1 lb.) pkg. tater tots

Brown meat in a skillet. Add soup and stir. Put in baking dish and sprinkle tater tots on top. Bake as directed for tater tots. This is good for a busy day when you have to do something with a pound of frozen hamburger.

Posted on 8th February 2010
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Puppy Bowl! (with Kitty Halftime Show)

Behold the cuteness!

Posted on 8th February 2010
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Coffee and Me

Ah, coffee, that wonderful warm start-of-the-day beverage. I have such a love/hate relationship with it. It has so may pros and cons.

1. I can help wake you up.
2. It can help with a sore throat.
3. The heat can help with a stuffed up head.
4. It helps with asthma problems.
5. It’s a tasty beverage, that goes particularly well with sweets.
6. It can help with mental focus.
7. A hot cup of coffee in a mug is two weapons in one. (I’ve mentioned my favorite weapon here before, yes?)

1. It can keep you awake when you would rather sleep.
2. It can make your hands very unsteady.
3. It can give you an acid belly/disagree with your system.
4. It can take a normal stress reaction and make it go through the roof. Hello panic attack.
5. It can help you focus *way too much*. Must…Finish…Project!

and the one I’d totally forgotten about until Saturday:
6. It makes me paranoid.

Yep. Did you know that everyone was ignoring me on Saturday? No? How about the fact that my co-workers are all going to be angry with me for calling in sick on Saturday and I’ll ‘get in trouble’ for doing so? Sigh. I called in sick because of the whole coughing/sneezing/runny nose/having trouble breathing problem that I drank the coffee for in the first place.

Note to self: One cup is okay. Two cups is pushing it these days. Three cups is right out. You haven’t worked graveyard shift in thirteen years, and you are getting more sensitive as you get older. Don’t be a paranoid dork. Yes. Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they aren’t out to get you, but seriously…

So drink tea instead!

Posted on 7th February 2010
Under: Food, Health, Tea, Video | 3 Comments »

Beet-Pineapple Salad

I have a vague memory of this recipe. I must have had it at some big family gathering or other. Dad? Do you remember this one?

This recipe was found in a book called Galley Finale: A Collection of Mariner Soups, Sloops, and Other Incredible Edibles it was put out by The Presbyterian Church of Fair Oaks, Ca in 1978.

Beet-Pineapple Salad by Mildred Catlin

1 large pkg. raspberry jello
2 c. boiling water
1 (8 oz.) can crushed pineapple, drained, liquid reserved
1 (16 oz.) can julienne beets, drained
1/4 c. sweet pickle juice
1/4 c. pineapple juice
1/4 c. water or beet juice

Add boiling water to jello and stir until dissolved. To this, add the juices and cool before adding beets and pineapple. Poor into a large flat dish or if preferred into a Bundt pan to mold. The following dressing is spread over the salad before cutting into serving pieces, or drizzled over the Bundt mold:

1 c. sour cream
1/2 c. mayonnaise
2 tsp. horseradish, or more to taste
1/4 c. chopped celery
1/4 c. green pepper
1/4 c. green onion tops

Mix dressing and let stand overnight in refrigerator to absorb the flavor.

Posted on 7th February 2010
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Today: Win or Fail? and Other Stories

Let’s look at today and see how it totals up, shall we?

I had to get up early (fail) to go deal with a fix-it ticket (fail) that I had already mailed but came back to me due to not enough postage. (fail)

I remembered to pack a lunch (win), found a parking spot right out front of the place I had to go to (divine intervention win), and had to stand in a long line (fail). But I made it back to my car with three minutes to spare on the meter (divine intervention win).

I ended up being late to work (fail), but it didn’t adversely affect the desk schedule and I could just work a bit later to make up for it. (win)

My ankle randomly started hurting at work and I seem to have a wee cold (fail). But I bought a new ace bandage (win)…and I’m experimenting with some cold meds (win or fail? dunno yet.) You see, I have all kinds of problems with meds in general, and historically cold meds and I don’t interact well. So, I thought…why not experiment? [insert mad scientist laugh here]

Now I’m home after shopping for food for the family and my poor kitty with one tooth. (Not that it seems to be slowing him down at all. We just thought he’d like a bit of a supplement.) Hmmm…I’m home now with my ankle wrapped, food put away, and meds taken, so…(win).

I think, in light of the fact that the day is over and I’m in my comfy bed, I’ll unscientifically call today a win. Any day you can walk away from, eh?

In other news, my Mother-in-Law is home! We mostly have the care situation figured out, so now we’re working on the next steps.

Well, it seems like the cold meds are starting to make me dizzy, so I’d better sigh off. Night all!

Posted on 3rd February 2010
Under: Good&Bad, Rambling | 2 Comments »